Minister of Transport: Haven’t discovered group benefits when implementing non-stop toll collection
Questioning Minister of Transport Nguyen Van The this morning (June 9), delegate Nguyen Anh Tri (Hanoi delegation) said that he had questioned the Minister about the implementation of non-stop toll collection.
“The minister once promised delegates “like a nail” that by the end of 2019, non-stop toll stations would be implemented nationwide. However, the results so far we have seen. From 2019 up to now, we have worked half-heartedly, lacking determination, without a deadline. We do but only 1-2 threads not many threads. Many times when I pass by, I feel very strange,” said delegate Tri.
Delegate Tri said he was “very happy” when Deputy Prime Minister Le Van Thanh directed that after July 31, the BOT station must be discharged if there is no toll collection.
Delegate Tri said that toll collection does not stop at BOT stations, but also for the more important purpose of being transparent about money collection and traffic finance. Through this, we also find out the cause of investors’ “choosing, hesitating” to deploy non-stop toll collection.
“Voters think that there is ‘fraud, group interests’ here. We must answer “yes” or not and what measures must be taken to prevent it if so. And finally, what experience should be drawn from that to deploy BOT nationwide?”, Mr. Tri asked.
Delegate Nguyen Anh Tri (Hanoi delegation) questioned whether or not there is “group interest” when implementing non-stop testing.
Responding to the comments of delegate Nguyen Anh Tri, Minister Nguyen Van The said that in 2019, according to the project assigned by the Government, each BOT station has at least 2 lanes for automatic toll collection. By 2019, we will ensure that 1 station has at least 2 lanes as required by the project. Then gradually expand gradually. Because “not pasted the card” can not be used.
The minister said that the carding has been carried out since 2017 with 3.2 million cars. So now is the “ripe” time for us to use automatic lanes. Two days ago, 28 stations of the Expressway Corporation signed a contract.
Minister The said that, currently, the units have imported equipment and signed credit contracts, in June and July the parties will carry out the installation. Agencies also committed to the Government by July 31 to complete. Therefore, we set the deadline after July 31, if the non-stop toll collection has not been implemented, we will have to discharge the station.
Answering the question of whether or not there is a sign of “group interest” of delegate Tri, Mr. The emphasized that the non-stop toll collection is a very sensitive issue related to the people. Authorities, including the Ministry of Public Security, are also very interested in this issue.
Minister of Transport Nguyen Van The said that group benefits have not been discovered when implementing non-stop toll collection
“We have not yet discovered “group interests” between state agencies and investors. Because investors are almost entirely independent. If any individual violates, he will be held responsible before the law. But I think we have the apparatus to check and monitor this, but we only know the data from hearing such reports,” said Minister The.
Why has the North Thang Long – Noi Bai BOT station not stopped collecting tolls?
Also related to the BOT station, delegate Nguyen Lan Hieu (Binh Dinh delegation) raised the question, in April 2020, the Minister sent a written reply to him about the proposal to remove the North Thang Long – Noi Bai toll station on the road. Vo Van Kiet, Hanoi, for causing frustration to people due to incorrect placement.
In the reply to the Minister, the BOT project of the National Highway 2 section Noi Bai – Vinh Yen is in the preparation stage for the end of the toll collection period, but so far this station is still operating normally.
“When will this extremely inadequate toll station be officially removed?”, asked Mr. Nguyen Lan Hieu.
Delegate Nguyen Lan Hieu asked why the North Thang Long – Noi Bai BOT station has not stopped collecting tolls?
Answering the question of delegate Nguyen Lan Hieu, Minister Nguyen Van The said that the North Thang Long – Noi Bai toll station is a project with many pressing problems in Hanoi. The Ministry of Transport has plans to end this BOT.
“However, I replied to delegate Hieu that the time when BOT revenue was good. But after the epidemic, the revenue decreased.
Previously BOT stations signed modified contracts. That is, when revenue increases, many projects decrease by 3-5 years, while difficult projects need to prolong the time to ensure harmony. Although it is not applied under the PPP law, in the contract terms, if there are any difficulties, they will be supervised and coordinated to handle them, “said Mr. The.
The Minister of Transport said that he will review to ensure fairness between investors and people.
“As a state agency, we also have no interest in this, but we must supervise so that investors can comply with the signed contract,” Minister Nguyen Van The said, at the same time asserting that when all conditions are met. According to the terms of the contract, stop immediately, do not leave the station in that position anymore.
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